I love tulips! Some of my favorite stamps or stamp sets through the years have been tulip sets. I wish that you could see this little 2" x 2" charm in real life; it has a three-dimensional look to it because I tried a layering technique that I saw in a book by Lisa Bluhm of Simply Swank. She has used little vintage photographs, layered to form a tiny shadowbox effect. I thought that I could try a simple version with layering a stamped image.
First I stamped two of the tulip images and colored one in fully. The second one I colored only the parts that I thought I would possibly cut out and use as a top layer. (Copic markers that I used are all pictured here.)
Next I carefully cut out around the parts of the second piece that I wanted to place on my top layer.
Here you see both layers laid out on the 2" x 2" pieces of memory glass that I was sandwiching together to form the charm. I have in order: glass, upside down piece of background paper that will show on the back, colored full image, glass, colored partial image, and glass.
I used a tiny bit of adhesive to attach the top tulips to the glass to make sure that they would stay in registry when I picked up the piece to wrap it in copper foil tape. If you look carefully, you can see a bit of the dimension here.
Next I wrapped my three layers of glass/art sandwich in wavy copper foil tape--really cool tape--and burnished it well. (Glass must be clean: free of hand oils, dust, and fingerprints. Trust me. I've soldered fingerprints inside something before.)
Here's where the "warts and all" part comes in: I was almost finished soldering except for adding a decorative hanger at the top. I took my small clamps off to use them to help hold the top piece, and I put a large tension clamp on the lower left edge of my piece. All of a sudden, I heard that sickening pop that spelled the end of the first try. I had to melt the solder off, tear the tape off, rescue my colored art, and start over with new tape and glass. (Two of the glass pieces can be rescued when I have time to clean the sticky off of them.)
On the second try, I left the butterfly off; I wasn't sure if he added, or if he didn't look quite right. So I opted for a larger corner piece as a top and left the butterfly off.
If you would like to know more about the mechanics of soldering in a good step-by-step tutorial, check out Ellen's post here. I won't be around a computer for a couple of days; but if you leave questions in the comments section, I'll try to address them when I have computer access again. Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Tulips by Lockhart Stamp Company
Soldering iron, equipment, and accessories from Ellen Hutson, LLC.
Markers from Copic by Imagination International
Resource Book: Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories by Lisa Bluhm